Tackle Key Innovation Workforce Issues With Help From These Experts
Learn how to develop and engage the skilled, diverse hybrid workforce you need for breakthrough innovation and future sustainability. Join us for two powerful keynote sessions on workforce at the IRI Annual Conference.
Corporate R&D Organizational Chart: How Diverse R&D Teams Drive Innovation.
José Méndez-Andino, EVP and Chief of R&D, Owens Corning
Learn how you can challenge the status quo as you seek new solutions to complex challenges—from sustainability to advanced manufacturing. This keynote will present a multidisciplinary approach to inclusivity that creates the truly diverse R&D teams required for breakthrough innovation and sustainability.
The Digital Workplace
Alexandra Samuel, Author and Data Journalist
Discover the latest trends and technology to help innovators organize priorities, communicate effectively, structure online meetings and maintain a healthy work-life balance in the hybrid world of work. This keynote will explore how to combine office and remote time in a way that makes the most of each setting.
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Improving your innovation workforce is just one reason to attend the IRI Annual Conference. You’ll also explore the future of innovation through the lens of supply chain, Industry 4.0, sustainability and more. Register today to reserve your place.
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They understand the importance of seeing the world from outside their walls. Participants learn from their peers and competitors as much as from the world leading faculty. Case studies and group work are primary value providers from this course at the highest ranked business school in the world when it comes to developing leadership and this course takes the best of the best to train your high potentials as leaders, while teaching them how to communicate and work with other business functions at your company. It’s like a “mini-MBA” program for rising stars in the innovation world.
Team members acquire the skills needed to successfully manage large projects.
They learn the same vocabulary, needs and constraints as other "MBAs" in the organization.
More new products make it to market because my managers learn how to communicate across the organization.
The course brings together an impressive group of up-and-coming innovators to exchange ideas and gain fresh perspective. The networks formed with peers last a lifetime.
The networks formed with peers last a lifetime.
Kellogg’s top-notch instructors cover topics ranging from marketing, legal, production, finance and more.
Creative individuals often work on innovative and cutting-edge projects, which require them to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. They tend to have different perspectives on problem-solving and may be more willing to take risks and explore unconventional ideas.
Understanding and appreciating their unique skills and perspectives is essential while providing them with the necessary resources and support to succeed.
The workshop will focus on the pragmatics of managing creative people and building innovative organizations. It does not focus on technical management but rather on the range of skills a researcher or technical staff member needs to be both successful and fulfilled.
These include building relationships, addressing the common challenges of managing independent and creative staff, hiring for success in the organizational context, engaging people with widely varying motivations, approaches to mentoring, and helping people to manage their career paths.
The Management Molecule
The Challenges of Managing Creative People
Hiring and Retention
Managing Hybrid Work
Mentoring Career Challenges
Presenters: Martha J. Collins, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Harbison Walker International (HWI). Dr. Collins has 33 years’ experience as an innovator in the chemical, refractory, and oil and gases industries. She has worked in research and development organizations leading innovation teams developing and acquiring new products, platforms, and technologies.
Jim Euchner, PhD, Partner, Outside Insight Consulting, LLC. Dr. Jim Euchner is Visiting Professor at Aston Business School (UK) and Editor in Chief of Research-Technology Management. In his consulting practice, he helps companies to implement businesses enabled by emerging technologies, including AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), automation, and predictive analytics.
Spencer Pugh, PhD, Principal, Prospect Ridge Consulting, LL. Dr. Spencer Pugh is an executive with over 40 years of experience in technology development, product commercialization, and business management.
Broaden your knowledge of innovation management and learn the practical aspects of key innovation topics in our two-part i101 Bootcamp. You can apply your newly acquired knowledge quickly to create more value for your organization and springboard your professional advancement.
Please join us for one or both sessions. You do not need to take Part 1 to take Part 2.
i101 Bootcamp Part 1 — Essential Tools for Managing Innovation Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Get an introduction to managing corporate innovation as you learn traditional and contemporary tools and techniques.
Understand design methods and customer insight
Master idea generation and open innovation
Explore risk management
Discover Stage-Gate methodology and Voice of the Customer
Increase your knowledge of lean startup
i101 Bootcamp Part 2 — Organizational Issues in Managing Innovation Friday, May 19, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Gain a broader perspective on innovation as you explore the challenges of leading as a new manager
Identify innovation hurdles and how to address them
Gain strategies for building support for your ideas
Discover best practices for managing creative people
Find out how to overcome organizational resistance
Leave with insights on improved portfolio management